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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Mariota, Golson named Players of the Week

Mon, Oct 20, 2014

OFFENSE

Mariota (19 passing TDs) has yet to throw an interception this season.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
6-4 219 | Honolulu, HI

Mariota was unfazed by the strong Huskies front seven as he overcame the pressure to throw for 336 yards on 24-of-33 passing and two touchdowns. Mariota led a 28-0 run in the Ducks 45-20 win. It was Oregon's 11th straight win over Washington.

Mariota has put up some impressive numbers in 2014: 132-of-188 passing, 70.2 completion percentage, 1,957 yards, 19 TDs, 0 interceptions, 289 rushing yards, 5 TDs.
 
PREVIOUS WINNERS: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA; Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky; David Cobb, RB, Minnesota; Kevin White, WR, West Virginia; Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska; Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State; Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor.
 

DEFENSE

Golson has an SEC-leading seven interceptions in 2014.

Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss
5-9 176 | Pascagoula, MS

Golson upped his SEC-leading interceptions total to seven with two more against Tennessee in the Rebels' 34-3 win. The Ole Miss defense held Tennessee to 191 total yards and picked off Justin Worley three times. Golson's seven interceptions are second in the nation (one behind Louisville's Gerod Holliman).
 
PREVIOUS WINNERS: Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami; Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA; Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon; Hau'oli Kikaha, DE, Washington, Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi St, Nate Orchard, DE, Utah; Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss.
 

FINALISTS

Offense
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah at Northwestern: 23 carries for 146 yards, 4 touchdowns
West Virginia WR Kevin White vs. Baylor: 8 receptions for 132 yards, 2 touchdowns
Louisville RB Michael Dyer vs. NC State: 24 carries for 173 yards, one touchdown
Missouri RB Marcus Murphy at Florida: rushing touchdowns, kick return touchdown and punt return touchdown
 
Defense
Kansas LB Ben Heeney at Texas Tech: 21 tackles and 37-yard pick-six
West Virginia DE Shaq Riddick vs. Baylor: 5 total tackles (4.0 for loss), 3.0 sacks
Washington DE Hau'oli Kikaha at Oregon: 10 total tackles (2.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks
Minnesota S Cedric Thompson vs. Purdue: 6 total tackles, 2 interceptions
 

REESE'S SENIOR BOWL ALUMNUS OF THE WEEK

Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville
6-0 212 | Michigan
 

The converted quarterback, who made the transition to running back at the 2013 Reese'se Senior Bowl, rushed for 127 yards and scored his first career touchdown to help the Jaguars pick up their first win of the season.

It was a breakout performance for Robinson, who spent most of his rookie campaign in 2013 adjusting to his new position. Last season he gained just 66 yards on 20 attempts, fumbling three times.

"The offensive line fired off the ball, and I was like, ‘I've got to do the same thing," Robinson  "I've got an opportunity, so let's go."

Robinson's touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Jaguars an 11-point lead with six minutes remaining. His performance prompted coach Gus Bradley to indicate that Robinson could be the Jags' starting back moving forward, even when Toby Gerhart returns from injury.

OTHER FINALISTS:

Murray has rushed for 100+yds in seven straight games.

 

Dallas RB DeMarco Murray vs NY Giants: Already a winner of the Alumnus of the Week award, Murray ran into the history books on Sunday, becoming the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards in the each of the first seven games of the season. He surpassed Hall of Famer Jim Brown's prevous record of six.

The fourth-year back out of OKlahoma, who played in the 2011 Senior Bowl, rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 31-21 victory over the rival New York Giants.

"(Jim Brown) is probably one of the greatest running backs to ever play, and I have a lot of respect for what he's done," Murray said after the game. "In no way am I trying to say I'm on his level by any means. He's a great guy, a great activist in the community, a great player and a great person. And I'm not even in that category I'm blessed to be mentioned."

Murray leads the league in rushing with 913 yards -- that's more than 28 NFL teams -- and seven touchdowns. This is his second Reese's Senior Bowl Alumnus of the Week award this season, having won the honor back in week four. 

The others:

Jaguars LB Telvin Smith vs Cleveland: four tackles, two breakups, sack, interception and forced fumble in the Jags' first win of the season.

49ers LB Chris Borland at Denver: 9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack in first start (for injured Patrick Willis) in a loss.

Seattle QB Russell Wilson at St. Louis: 23-36 passing for 313 yards, 2 TD and 106 yards rushing and another TD in a loss.

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon at Buffalo: 19 rushes for 103 yards in a loss.

Broncos DE's Demarcus Ware and Von Miller, who combined for five sacks (Ware with 3, Miller with 2) in a rout of the 49ers.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee; Ryan Kerrigan, DL, Washington; Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia; DeMarco Murray, Dallas; Arian Foster, RB, Houston; Ziggy Ansah, DE, Lions.

MOBILE AREA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Murphy QB DePriest Turner rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns and passed for a pair of scores in a 48-31 win over McGill-Toolen in the 'Battle for the Cannon.'